Ipswich West candidate Wayne Wendt’s daughter Katie can vote for the first time and she is staying loyal to her dad with her vote.
Ipswich West candidate Wayne Wendt’s daughter Katie can vote for the first time and she is staying loyal to her dad with her vote. Sarah Harvey

Daughter in dad's corner

IPSWICH West Labor MP Wayne Wendt can count on one vote he would not have got three years ago as Ipswich voters head to the polls today.

His daughter Katie is exercising her democratic right to vote for the first time.

The 19-year-old USQ Springfield education student joined her father at a pre-polling booth on Pine Mountain Rd in Brassall yesterday.

Ms Wendt had supported her dad during his previous campaigns and was pleased to finally be able to put a "one" next to his name for the first time.

"It is a proud moment for me. It's the first time I can show my support and get a say in the election," she said.

Election day is quite a busy occasion for the Wendt family, as the sitting MP will make his way around all 19 polling booths in the West Ipswich electorate to thank his supporters.

The volunteers who hand out how-to-vote cards on Mr Wendt's behalf man the booths from 7.30am until 6pm, with most working for half a day.

Mr Wendt said it was asking quite a lot of the 100 people stationed around the electorate.

Yesterday the odds for West Ipswich showed LNP candidate Sean Choat priced at $1.70, while Mr Wendt was paying $1.85 to win.

The odds were reversed a week ago, and Mr Wendt believes it is an indication of how close the seat is.

"I think it's quite an interesting slant on the election. I don't gamble myself, but I think it reflects how close it is in some people's minds," he said.



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